The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has broadened the fight to eliminate discrimination in the workplace by filing lawsuits against two employers for sexual harassment against a gay and lesbian worker. The commission has ruled in the past that the anti-discrimination provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are expansive enough to protect gay and lesbian employees from harassment because of their sexual orientation. In both cases, one in Pittsburgh and the other in Baltimore, homosexual employees were subjected to verbal harassment by supervisors and the employers took no action to end the harassment. Congress has not yet extended protection against sexual discrimination to gay and lesbian employees, but the EEOC is forcing the issue with this latest litigation. A number of states specifically protect gay, lesbian and transgendered employees from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation, but federal law is less specific in this regard.